Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Anime Review: Yona of the Dawn

As probably everyone already knows, I have been a huge fan of the Akatsuki no Yona manga for years so I was happy was an anime adaptation was announced, thrilled when I heard it was going to be two cours (since adapting any part of the story into just 13 episodes was going to be a mess), and then shocked when it was picked up by Funimation from the get-go, I guess successes like Kamisama Kiss are making people a little less hesitant about shojo again. So why do I love this show so much? Well, this adaptation does a pretty good job at explaining it!

Yona of the Dawn

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: Greenglass House

For my final entry in Middle Grade March I return to a familiar author, Kate Milford who also wrote the The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands set of books. As far as I can tell, this book is set in the same world as those two and her novellas (the style of the stories within stories matches up and I haven't seen Milford say it isn't) but this book is standalone so a newcomer can come in easily (or someone like me who really needs to do a massive re-read of this whole collection!).

The Greenglass House by Kate Milford, illustrated by Jamie Zollars

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Webcomic Review: Cucumber Quest

While Cucumber Quest has a fairly large following I'd imagine that Gigi D.G's first comic, the Hiimdaisy (her old pen name) Persona 4 fancomic probably has an even wider name recognition and that's how I first found her work. I really liked that series of comics and was sad that it's unfinished (for the uninitiated, I really like this fandub of the comics) and I'm still surprised by the notoriety of it, I believe that the English dub for the Persona 4 The Arena game even had a reference to one of her jokes in there. So it wasn't a surprise to me that this work is also influenced by classic RPGs, although it might be an even stronger connection than I first thought.

Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Manga Review: Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Sorry for the lateness here again, as I said in my round-up post yesterday I actually did finish writing this on Monday but my late work shift left me too drained to do all of the copy editing. And this is going to be the last of my manga Mondays, the winter anime season ends this week so next Monday I'm diving back into the anime reviews with new shows and comics every other week (well, and manga reviews every week on OASG, at this rate I'm set to review about 70 different comic and manga series this year which is a bit of a terrifying number).

Yamda-kun and the Seven Witches by Miki Yoshikawa

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Round-Up: March 15th-21st

Forgot to do this last night because of work and nope I have not forgotten about my last Manga Monday, I finished it up earlier today but waiting to post until tomorrow to see if I get any grammar corrections on it, it's pretty embarrassing to see what I manage to miss during proof-reading.

So, for last week's Manga Monday I talked about another Crunchyroll Manga, Spirit Circle. It's from the same manga-ka as Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer although I really prefer this series, it's a step up and I really hope it gets a US license.

For webcomics I talked about the just-ended Girls With Slingshots, been reading it for a long time but I don't think I'll tune in for the newly-colored strips very often, gonna use those 30 seconds to try and read some new comics! 

Finally I continue with my March of Middle Grade fiction with Children of the King, a wistful sort of story about World War II, historical fairy tales, and the kind of people children grow up to become. Interested in what else this author has written but it's all MG so I'm tempted but worried that the appeal might wear off if I'm so different from the characters.

Oh and I actually had a chance to catch up with most of my anime this week (both hulu and CR offered me two week "please come back!" memberships aw yeah) and I get quoted towards the very end of the APR list (my rankings this week were: Death Parade, Yona, Shirobako, Maria the Virgin Witch, and then Gundam Build Fighters Try because dammit this season has been missing the first season's lighter episodes and that one made me laugh). We're going into finale week this week so expect anime reviews to resume next Monday!